Friday, February 25, 2005

One night in bangkok.

Made my second and perhaps final trip to the Viking Cooking School in Greenwood for Thai Dinner Party Workshop. The class was taught by caterer Lynda Posey of Laurel, MS. This is her daughter. I especially enjoyed making the Tom Kha Gai and Pad Thai recipes, two of my staple orders eating out at Thai restaurants from the Bay Area's Berkeley Thai House through South Jackson's Thai House to London's Sri Siam Soho.

Stayed at the Viking-owned boutique hotel, The Alluvian. Rooms were beautifully appointed and spacious (especially nice was the sauna-like marble seat in the wide shower stall; if it hadn't been 31 degrees this morning, I would have had breakfast outside on their fourth floor terrace. I wandered down to the Greenwood Delta Blues & heritage Museum run by Steve LaVere who holds the intellectual property rights for the Robert Johnsons Estate. Steve Cheseborough worked here before he wrote the book on Mississippi Blues Tourism. Had a nice chat with Mr. LaVere and picked up a few pieces of blues vinyl by Howlin' Wolf and Robert Lockwood (the musical heir of local legend Robert Johnson). One of the highlighs of the museum was its gold record collection, featuring albums which had Robert Johnson tunes on them--everybody from Cream and Clapton to Zeppelin, Skynyrd, and even Elton John!

By the way, whatever happened to Murray Head? I didn't realize Chess was the first ABBA-composed musical!

I'm going to see my friend John Brocato play live tonight at Roxie's. He hasn't played live in Starkville since last year's Cotton District Arts Festival. It's gonna be fun!!!


Anonymous said...

Hey, Larry's parents were there Thursday and Friday nights, too--and they went to the museum as well.

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